Beware of Grapefruit and Medication.

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You may think grapefruit is a healthy choice for Breakfast – think again !

For younger people grapefruit is a tasty, refreshing and low calorie way to start the day. For someone elderly taking eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can affect as many as 85 prescription medications. In most cases grapefruit increases the level of the medication in the blood and can also alter the effectiveness of it which in some cases could potentially be dangerous.

Which medications are at increased risk ?

  • Cholesterol lowering statins
  • Antibiotics
  • Certain blood thinning bloods
  • Calcium channel blockers (used to treat high blood pressure)

Many pharmacists will alert someone to the fact they¬†shouldn’t eat grapefruit but it is always wise to check.

 

 

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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